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Demarest Fire Department Donates 1977 Pumper To NYFD

The Demarest Fire Department is donating this pumper to the FDNY Family Unit.
The Demarest Fire Department is donating this pumper to the FDNY Family Unit. Photo Credit: COURTESY: John McLoughlin

DEMAREST, N.J.– Demarest firefighters didn't want their 1977 Mack pumper to end up on the scrap heap.

So instead of junking it, the department is donating the award-winning vehicle to the FDNY's Family Assistance Unit , Fire Chief John McLoughlin said.

A non-profit can't donate items to another non-profit, so the pumper was put up for auction. The Demarest department bid on the truck and bought it for $8,600.

"It was well past its life expectancy," McLoughlin added. "It hasn’t been a first line piece of apparatus for years."

The nearly 40-year-old truck lacks modern safety features, including an open cab -- and even air conditioning, the chief said.

In an ironic twist, the pumper was first used in Sept. 1977 when the firehouse was ablaze.

It has since been replaced with a 2016 Pierce Pumper, which arrived in June. That one cost $590,000 and was bought through bonding.

"It's a state-of-the-art, fully-modernized pumper," McLoughlin said.

The Family Assistance Unit works to assist FDNY families when there is a death, accident or serious illness in the family, according to its website. The Mack Pumper will be used for funeral processions and whenever city firefighters need it, McLoughlin said.

"We take a lot of pride in our equipment," he said. "Now it will continue on serving the community in N.Y."

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